Sport Access Foundation founder Katie Kelly has won The Primary Club’s Sir Roden Cutler Award.
The award, established in honour of the Primary Club’s first Twelfth Man and Patron and the longest-serving Governor of New South Wales, recognises athletes with a disability who display enormous determination and dedication in their sporting pursuits, inspire the nation, and are the embodiment of the Australian spirit.
Katie won gold in the Paratriathlon event (PT5 vision impaired category) at the Rio Paralympics in September last year.
She is now training on the Gold Coast with Triathlon Australia Coach Dan Atkins as she aims to qualify for the 2017 World Championship to be held in September in Rotterdam.
Katie has also been busy launching the Sport Access Foundation which offers grants to Australian children with a disability, so that they have an opportunity to play and participate in sport.
As part of the award Katie will receive a $20,000 grant for sporting and recreational equipment which will go directly to Sport Access Foundation.
I’m honoured to receive the Sir Roden Cutler Award and this significant injection of funds will enable Sport Access Foundation to continue to enable children with a disability to take part in sport. A barrier to this is often access to the right facilities, equipment and supervision. This is where Sport Access Foundation can assist – as we’ve launched an annual grants program to help fund individuals local sporting groups and families.
Katie is an Ambassador for Usher Kids Australia and the Royal Deaf and Blind Institute for Children.
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